An accident that occurred Tuesday morning involving a vehicle striking a worker has had a different cause for the accident. According to police, what was initially thought as an accident caused by an intoxicated driver is not believed to be an accident involving a medical condition.
Working Near a Highway
The accident occurred in Fort Worth close to where Interstates 20 and 30 merge, close to West Camp Bowie Boulevard. Officials state that white truck exited the road, was launched into a nearby ditch, and then hit a worker who was surveying a nearby area. The worker who was hit was facing away from the traffic, which makes it likely that he did not see the truck coming his way.
Initially seen as an accident caused by a drunk driver, police say that the 68-year-old driver was trapped inside of his truck after travelling around 30 yards into the ditch. Police believe the driver was involved in a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of his vehicle. Due to this reason, police state they do not plan on pursuing charges in this incident.
Could This Accident Have Been Avoided?
This is an important question to ask, and it can be looked in two different ways. First, let’s look at the accident from the driver’s angle. While the majority of the accidents that occur are due to negligence such as speeding, texting while driving, or driving under the influence, there are accidents that occur as a result of a medical emergency, as was the case for the driver in this case. Perhaps keeping his truck under control was perhaps not a possible task for the worker because of his medical condition at the time of the accident.
In regards to the worker, there may have been very little that he could have done to avoid getting hit. After all, it isn’t like other situations where a worker should have placed warning signs that would have otherwise prevented the wreck from occurring. This is due to two important reasons. The first reason is that the driver involuntarily lost control of his truck due to medical conditions. The second reason is distance; as previously noted, the truck travelled an estimated 30 yards into the ditch. This means that the truck was going faster than normal speeds, and the worker had very little time (if any) to react to the sound of a truck going his way.
What do you think? Could this accident have been avoided? Let us know in the comments below, and please remember: drive safely.